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A big thanks to all the Canton Electrical JATC apprentices and staff, IBEW 540 members, and Schaub Electric who helped at the Pegasus Farm Project Thursday night.

This event was another example of the quality of individuals associated with IBEW Local 540, NECA, and the Canton Electrical JATC.

Thanks to everyone who showed up last night:

Keith Schwyn, Dave Yoskey, Adam LePar, Tim Lash, Heidi Steiner, John Miller, Matt Wetter, Paul Stiles, Luke McCartney, Tomas Calez, Rod Stuchul, Tim McCort, Tim Kieffer, and Jon Hall.

Great job guys!!!!



Heidi Steiner, a 3rd year Inside Apprentice hard at work with Schaub Electric



Apprenticeships: Learning & Earning

Canton Electrical Joint Apprenticeship Training Committee program expects to hire 30 apprentices next year, which doubles the average annual number

Christina McCune
IndeOnline.com staff writer

The number of apprentices hired each year by the Canton Electrical Joint Apprenticeship Training Committee program goes up and down. But next year, the usual number of 15 apprentices hired each year may double to 30 new hires.

This bright outlook may become a trend for several years, thanks to the natural gas industry boom and retirements of experienced workers, said Tim McCort, training director for the program at the Electrical Trades Center of Greater Stark County, 3855 Wales Ave. NW in Jackson Township.

“I’ve never seen it like this in 35 years,” McCort said. “We’re being proactive and trying to service our customers and grow.”
Men and women over the age of 18 straight out of high school, the military, or other jobs are eligible for an apprentice program. It’s a rigorous program, but for those who especially enjoy math and science and working with their hands, it’s an opportunity to train for a job and get paid at the same time — all without having to pay tuition.

The program is made possible through the National Electrical Contractors Association and the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers. The program partners with area companies for on-the-job training.

“The best way to build a workforce in this industry is apprenticeship,” McCort said.

Each year, 200 to 250 people apply for the program, which has a jurisdiction that includes all or part of seven counties. Three programs are available for commercial/industrial wireman, residential wireman and telecommunications installer technician.
The Canton electrical JATC apprenticeship is a five-year program that includes a minimum of 8,000 hours of on-the-job training and a minimum of 180 hours per year of classroom instruction. Apprentices get paid while they learn at a starting wage of $11.75 per hour. There is no tuition, but books, tools and licenses must be paid out-of-pocket.

This fall, all first-year apprentices will do homework online. Also, students can use a simulator for training, which comes in handy when teaching someone how to use expensive or dangerous equipment.

The process to get into the program includes taking an aptitude test and doing an interview and physical exam.
“We train in technology that may not be here right now,” McCort said. “With skills these guys learn through the apprenticeship they can adapt.”

Apprentices may work in refineries, hospitals, universities, technical schools and other places. Apprentices also learn welding, first aid, and customer service, along with skills that can be used in other areas of life such as budgeting and handling a checking account.
After they successfully complete the program, they test to receive a Journeyman license and fire alarm license.

“We have so many talented people,” McCort said. “When somebody comes in here, they’ll see we expect professionalism. We maintain standards here.”
The center wants to make sure people know the option of the apprenticeship program is available, and McCort goes to career fairs and reaches out to seventh- and eighth-graders and makes contact with guidance counselors.
“We’re trying to help the teachers,” he said. “There are a lot of things going on here that people don’t know about.”